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30 Aug 11 - John Ellard - London
We called in 29th August 2011 enroute Perranporth -> Plymouth -> Sandown (IOW) -> Lydd -> Elstree (Home). The airfield is closing soon. Actually, it's not an 'airfield' it's a fully-fledged airport (I used to fly there with Brymon Airways on business years ago and it was thriving). It has check-in desks, scanners, security points etc. All dead, all empty. Like a regional airport in the USSR used to be (yes, I've been at some of those) except quieter and even more depressing. But it is dead. Sad. There are lots of stories about why this significant and well-equipped regional airport is going to be destroyed but all I can say is that it strikes me as a scandalous waste of a brilliant resource for a part of the UK poorly served by other infrastructure (road, rail). Don't go there. Highest AVGAS prices known to me and offhand bordering on rude reception at the tower when paying the fees. 'What is your next destination?' 'Sandown' 'What is the ICAO code for that never heard of it' Doh! I can understand the staff there are facing job loss and not that happy but the reception at the tower was frankly rude and sullen. The only bright moment for me was the terrific helpful guy who runs the pumps. The fuel is expensive but he's a friendly and helpful guy and gets 5 stars for courtesy and efficiency. A bright moment in a dismal visit.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 1
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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18 Mar 11 - Matthew Kitson - Exeter

Flew into Plymouth Thursday 18.03.11 to practise a procedural ILS. Routed direct to the Berry Head VOR and then tracked 262 radial to intercept the rwy 31 ILS.

At first we were put off when we phoned for PPR as they said they already had two ac arriving via procedural approaches and we would have to arrive after 1530. Our first thoughts were if they want to be a creditable international airport they should be able to deal with more than 2 aircraft within a 2 hour window. They dont have radar and i suspect that limits them.We actually arrived at the BHD VOR 15mins early but had no delay for our approach. It was my first time doing a procedural approach since completeing my IMC last year and was a good experience and provided much needed practise. On landing we received clear parking instructions and were met by someone who let us off the apron to pay. The landing fee was only £11.17 for a Grummman AA5-BARGAIN! Plymouth is a great jump off point to explore the moors by air as we did. With all the different approaches available (NDB,ILS,HOLDS DME ARC ETC all procedural)it is a great place to visit to brush up on those instrument skills. Will definitely be visiting again, wouldnt buy fuel there though at over £2per litre i believe.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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27 Jun 09 - Leia Fee - Swansea
Friendly and helpful welcome at Plymouth when we stopped in for fuel. Landing fee was a tenner -- rather reasonable for a "proper" airport. I failed utterly to spot the requested reporting point and thus the airfield on arrival but was very patiently given a VDF steer and guided in. We didn't hang about but got our fuel from an enormously friendly refuller who spent most of the time apologising for the price of avgas! Seemed quite happy to fit in GA around the commercial stuff.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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16 Dec 07 - Mike Fawdrey - Hednesford Staffs
Visited EGHD on 12/12/07 very friendly to GA. Ground crew told us they are trying to encourage GA traffic even put chocks under for us and on asking about a meal suggested a local pub about 1/2 mile away with an alternate snack in the Flying Club. We opted for the pub meal at The Jackrabbit A shame we missed Jon Yorke with NCFC Also great service from Cardiff and Exeter Radar, I was really impressed with Cardiff when asked to climb and maintain 6000 for seperation with Fokker 100 taking off below. Landed back at Wolves for a night landing (1700) Altogether a great day out which stretched my flying
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 Jun 07 - Crimson King - Lewes, East Sussex
Excellent regional airport, which hasn't forgotten or tried to discourage GA traffic. Nice low landing fee as well !
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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15 Apr 05 - Sam T - Truro
I have visited Plymouth City a few times during my training and I had to land there on my solo cross country. I found all the staff extremely helpful and friendly. This was the first 'Big' airfield I had visited but they made the transition very easy.
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19 Apr 04 - Nick .
Went to plymouth today - very nice area to over fly, the edge of Devon and Cornwall with the sound and the hoe etc. Airport small on a large scale commercial airport as a result friendly and help full. Would recommend it as a destination. A little confusing in finding someone to pay; a little more GA orientated would make a super place to visit
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5 Nov 03 - Kevin Stewart - NPPL flying a Eurostar out of Plymouth
Currently doing my PPL at EGHD (Plymouth aka Roborough). Not been to many other aerodromes so haven't seen have much for comparison. During the week it can be moderately busy with a mixture of scheduled and training aircraft as well as police, military and air ambulance flights. The weekend tends to be quieter. ATC is always helpful as are the staff at the flying school. Airport is next to main Plymouth hospital and about 5 miles from the city centre, Barbican and Hoe. However, it is not really geared up for GA use and landing/parking are not cheap.
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